We all know how important getting enough fruits and vegetables are for our health. Few of us actually even come close though still. Juicing fills in the gaps and helps us achieve optimal health. Here are some of the benefits juicing can give you:
More nutrient absorption
Yes, fiber is important and you should still have enough fiber as part of your balanced diet. Realistically though, how many people can eat multiple pounds of vegetables every day? Juicing makes this possible because this process involves extracting juice. Leaving the pulp takes digestion out of the equation and gives a direct path into the bloodstream. Since you’re drinking rather than eating, you’re able to take in more vegetables resulting in more nutrient absorption without stuffing yourself too much with a lot of fiber. Basically, juicing allows you to consume more vegetables efficiently.
Juicing helps with more variety because you have lots of options in terms of recipes and limited only by produce available in the grocery store.
It feeds good bacteria to the gut
Fun fact: a third of our immune system is located in our digestive system and countless research shows that the key to a health body is a healthy gut. Hippocrates said 2000 years ago that “All disease begins in the gut”.
In a study done by Gemma Walton PhD, they found that eating food rich in prebiotics such as in leeks and bananas increased good bacteria in the gut by 133 million.
Vegetables are one of the best sources of these prebiotics. To give you proof here’s a list of foods rich in prebiotics.
Light green, dark green and yellow colored vegetables are rich in carotene, Vitamin C and E and folate that help fight colon cancer.
Ginger is another ingredient that aids digestion and heals upset stomach plus it has numerous other benefits.
This means that one of the ways of improving digestive health is adding the right amount fruit and vegetables to your diet through juicing.
Tip: Drink a glass of lemon water first thing every morning and watch what happens. Even better - add green tea to the mixture
Prevention is better than having to find a cure
Being proactive as opposed to reactive by eating more fruits and vegetables will help arm your body with anti-cancer nutrients that will help fight off cancer cells.
Cancer treatment involves chemotherapy that destroys your body and bank account. Many people have turned to alternative medicine which includes juicing to fight this disease and there are some people who have won the battle. There is no guaranteed cure, but at least your body will be nourished to help support the fight.
Juicing enables people to keep their bodies nourished during a physically draining procedure like chemotherapy that kills blood cells.
Helps lower high cholesterol
Lowering your cholesterol involves more than just juicing. This involves a complete transformation in the lifestyle. Basically, in order to lower bad cholesterol, you need to change your diet (avoid fried and fatty food), exercise more and eat more greens and fruits. Juicing can help people consume more vegetables that help lower cholesterol like capsicum, dark greens, cucumber, celery, ginger, bitter melon and lemon to name a few.
It helps detoxify our bodies
A few decades ago our lives are much simpler. Without the internet and cell phones, we were allowed more time to cook our own meals. A slower paced lifestyle means less stress and a home cooked meal instead of fast food. Times have changed. Technology that’s supposed to make our life easier has made it fast paced. So fast paced that we hardly have time to cook our own meals and have to rely on fast food for our body’s nourishment. Stress from today's traditional work expectation's (9-5 of mostly sitting is archaic and destructive) takes a toll on our body over time. So we need to detox. Detoxing rids the body of toxins that accumulate over time because of poor diet choices, lack of exercise and a generally unhealthy lifestyle. One great way to detox is through a juice fast. The goal of a juice fast is to rest our digestive system, nourish it with nutrients found in fruits and vegetables then flush out toxins. The key to a successful juice fast is to know what to expect, how to prepare your body and how to break a fast. (breakfast)
It helps lower blood sugar levels
Another sad reality in the era of commercialism would be the rise of people who have diabetes. And a lot of them are young people. With the growing number of fast food chains, the temptation of cheap food served within minutes is hard to resist. And our health is paying the price for that convenience.
According to cdc.gov around 26 million Americans have and an estimated 79 million have pre-diabetes.
You have probably heard the term “you are what we eat” at some point in your life. This also applies to our skin. If we eat nothing but greasy junk food, our skin will most likely be oily and have a lot of breakouts. Juicing helps us getting better skin not only by allow our bodies to absorb more nutrients that our skin needs. It also helps suppress our appetite for not so healthy meals like chips and fried chicken.
A a cup of fresh cucumber + beet + carrot juice > Caramel Cappuccino
Improves Athletic Performance
While green leafy vegetables can give your body a nutritional boost that other foods cannot, there is one particular vegetable (a root crop) that can improve athletic performance naturally without having to resort to performance enhancing drugs. This vegetable is the beet. If you want immediate nutrient absorption then add it to your juice recipe. World class athletes from runners to cyclists swear by beet root juice. Studies have shown that drinking pure beet root can shave off minutes from your running time. Beet improves oxygen and blood circulation inside the muscle therefore improving muscle endurance. The number of world class athletes who swear by beet root are on the rise, so it’s hard to deny the truth.
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